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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rogue is an unrelenting action thriller starring Megan Fox, with brutal, bloody violence throughout. Delving into the dark world of animal trafficking, the movie also features innocent young women being held hostage in cages. The heroes, who seek to save them, are mercenaries -- led by Samantha O'Hara (Fox) -- who admit they're only doing it for the money. The violence is incredibly strong with multiple deaths. Characters are shot, stabbed, and even savagely attacked by lions. There are several explosions -- gleefully undertaken by the perpetrators -- and several buildings are burned down. The sound of gun shots is almost deafening, while the body count grows and grows. "F--k" and "s--t" are frequently used both casually and sometimes in anger or pain. It's refreshing to have a female lead in an all-action movie such as this -- O'Hara is strong-willed, overcoming adversity to head her team. However, she is on the end of disparaging sexist comments about her ability to be a captain.
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What's the story?
ROGUE is about a group of mercenaries, led by Samantha O'Hara (Megan Fox), who are tasked with extracting hostages from local rebels in a remote area of Africa. Though they manage to rescue the hostages, the team must wait for back-up. Can they fend off the rebels, as well as several wild lions, all while keeping the hostages alive?
Is it any good?
This is an unrelenting, incredibly fast-paced action thriller that doesn't try to be anything it's not. Offering little by way of narrative, Rogue instead focuses mainly on the several battle sequences that unfold. It's simplistic in its approach and knows its audience, playing to them with an affection for the genre it sits in. Fox excels in the lead role, though she's not been blessed with a particularly nuanced role, just someone on hand to try and kill the bad guys and save the day.
The addition of wild animals into the equation makes for a fun aside, as O'Hara and her band of mercenaries must try and survive attacks from big cats and big missiles. That said, the use of CGI for the scenes involving the lions are pretty underwhelming and in some cases, laughable. But tonally, it all fits into a movie that focuses purely on its entertainment value and delivers on its promise.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the violence in Rogue. What impact does it have? What consequences are there? Was it necessary to tell the story? Does exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?
There is a strong female lead at the core of the movie. Would you describe O'Hara as a positive role model? Do we see enough characters like O'Hara in these types of movie? What other strong female characters can you think of?
Talk about the strong language in the movie. Does it seem necessary or excessive? What does it contribute to the movie?
The line between good and evil is blurry in the movie -- even the "heroes" are mercenaries who effectively kill for a living. How did you feel about this? Did it make it harder to root for them?
Discuss the animal trafficking in the movie. Do you find it shocking that this type of thing can happen in the world? What can we do to help prevent it?
- On DVD or streaming: August 28, 2020
- Cast: Megan Fox, Philip Winchester, Greg Kriek
- Director: M.J. Bassett
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Wild Animals
- Run time: 105 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: strong violence, bloody images and language throughout
- Last updated: January 8, 2021
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